“Our Lord wants Indian nuns, victims of His love,
who would be so united to Him as to radiate His
Love on souls - who would lead Indian lives,
dress like them, and be His light, His fire
amongst the poor, the sick, the dying, the
beggars and the little street children.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
On 10 September 1946, Mother M. Teresa (a
Loreto nun at a time) received an inspiration
from God to found a new congregation devoted
to the service of the poorest of the poor. After
obtaining the approval of the Archbishop of
Calcutta, Ferdinand Perier, S.J., and the
permission of Holy See (Vatican), Mother Teresa
left the Loreto convent in August 1948 to begin
her new work among the poor in the slums of
Calcutta. The first 12 young women, most of
whom knew her as she had been their teacher
and head mistress, followed in her footsteps
and soon become known as the “running
congregation” in Calcutta slums. On 7 October
1950, Archbishop Perier, S.J. erected the
Missionaries of Charity as a diocesan
congregation, for the Archdiocese of Calcutta.

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